Ford Plans Major Expansion at Michigan and Ohio Plants

May 3, 2016

Ford is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio to support production of a new 10-speed transmission for certain F-150 models and Super Duty chassis cabs.

Livonia Transmission Plant - $1.4 billion investment

Ford's $1.4 billion investment in the Livonia Transmission Plant will secure production on Ford's new 10-speed transmission beginning in June and will creates or retain 500 hourly jobs at the Livonia plant. The new 10-speed transmission will be first introduced in the all-new F-150 Raptor and certain F-150 models. Ford's Livonia plant in Livonia, Michigan, employs more than 1,550 people. It currently builds a six-speed transmission used in a number of Ford products including Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition.

Ohio Assembly Plant - $200 million investment

Ford's $200 million investment will be used to build Super Duty chassis cabs at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, and add 150 hourly jobs.  The plant currently employs more than 1,650 people and produces Ford F-650 and F-750, which were relocated from Mexico last year, as well as Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.

According to the automaker, its $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants.

In the past five years, Ford has invested an estimated $12 million in its U.S. plants and created almost 28,000 jobs. 

Source: Ford Motor Company